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Human capital spillovers, productivity and regional convergence in Spain

  • Raul Ramos


    (AQR-IREA, Universitat de Barcelona)

  • Jordi Suriñach


    (AQR-IREA, Universitat de Barcelona)

  • Manuel Artís


    (AQR-IREA, Universitat de Barcelona)

This paper analyses the differential impact of human capital, in terms of different levels of schooling, on regional productivity and convergence. The potential existence of geographical spillovers of human capital is also considered by applying spatial panel data techniques. The empirical analysis of Spanish provinces between 1980 and 2007 confirms the positive impact of human capital on regional productivity and convergence, but reveals no evidence of any positive geographical spillovers of human capital. In fact, in some specifications the spatial lag presented by tertiary studies has a negative effect on the variables under consideration.

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Paper provided by Xarxa de Referència en Economia Aplicada (XREAP) in its series Working Papers with number XREAP2009-15.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2009
Date of revision: Nov 2009
Handle: RePEc:xrp:wpaper:xreap2009-15
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